Happy Hill Overlook
Many African Americans sought to have their own homes after Emancipation. Although in Salem white landowners sold a few lots to people of color, Moravian Church leaders, under pressure from residents who feared black encroachment, rejected requests to sell them church land.
Elias Vogler, son of John Vogler and a major supporter of the African American community, proposed building a neighborhood for African Americans on church acreage southeast of town originally cleared to produce food for Salem's tradesmen. Finally approved in 1870, the community was originally named Liberia and the first lots were sold for ten dollars. It later became known as "Happy Hill" but the origin of that name is unknown.
Happy Hill soon became a neighborhood of working class families, many having been attracted to the area by the booming tobacco industry. Residents lived in single-family dwellings, duplexes, and large boarding houses. Many attended the African Moravian Church in Salem. Even with the encroachment o subsidized rental housing, a railroad, a state highway, and major utility lines, fragments of the historical community still survive today.
The People's Press, February 19, 1874
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1874.
Location. 36° 5.061′ N, 80° 14.361′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker can be reached from South Church Street just north of Race Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 911 S Church St, Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Happy Hill Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Emancipation in Salem (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landscape South of St. Philips (within shouting distance of this marker); The African American Graveyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Last Burials in the Parish Graveyard (about 300 feet away); Squire's Grave (about 400 feet away); Reich-Hege House Site (1830-1922) (about 500 feet away); Lewis Hege (1840-1918) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winston-Salem.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.